CDE®/ÉAD® certification designation is valid for a period of 5 years. As long as a CDE® is registered with a regulatory body in Canada as a health professional and has a current CDE® designation they are eligible to perform Certification Maintenance to renew their certification for another 5 years. Certification Maintenance may be done by either:
The Certification Maintenance by Credit Portfolio (CM by CP) process recognizes the relevance of lifelong learning on professional development. It is based on a system of credits earned for professional development activities that either enhance competency or demonstrate professional leadership. e.g. attending a DC CSEM conference, reading a diabetes related peer reviewed journal, taking a diabetes related formal course. During your Credit Collection Period, you compile a portfolio by documenting these activities and related credits on the activity forms provided by CDECB.
To guide CDE®s through the process, the Credit Portfolio Committee produces a Credit Portfolio Handbook. This Handbook provides CDE®s details of the Credit Portfolio process, detailed information on the accepted activities and examples of completed forms.